Russian President Vladimir Putin attends Russian Energy Week International Forum session in Moscow on October 13, 2021.Mikhail Metzel | AFP | Images
China "does not need to use force " to achieve its "reunification " desired with Taiwan, Russian President Vladimir "Putin said on Wednesday.
Chinese President Xi " Jinping pledged last week to achieve his goal of bringing the democratically ruled island nation of 24 million people under Beijing's control through peaceful means, after a week of latent tensions in the region.
China views Taiwan as a separatist province, while Taiwan has expressed a desire to pursue formal independence, having governed itself since its separation from the mainland in 1949 following a long civil war.
The President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, replied in "a speech on Sunday , announcing that his government would investin strengthening its military ties to "demonstrate our determination to defend ourselves
Speaking to CNBC 's Hadley Gamble at the Russian Energy Week conference in Moscow on Wednesday, Putin pointed out Xi's comments suggesting the possibility of peaceful unification, and China's "state philosophy " to suggest that there is no threat of military confrontation.
"I think China does not need to use force. China is a huge powerful economy, and in terms of purchasing parity, China is the economy today. number one in the world ahead of the United States "said the Russian president, according to a translation.
" By increasing Thanks to this economic potential, China is able to implement its objectives nationals. I see no threat. "
Putin also referred to the strained relations in the South China Sea, where Russia has tried to maintain an unsuccessful position.ow to China. permanent and internationally repudiated claim of vast expanses of neighboring waters.
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" When it comes to the South China Sea, yes there are conflicting and conflicting interests, but the Russia's position is based on the fact that we must provide an opportunity for everyone in the region, without interference from non-regional powers, to have an appropriate conversation based on the fundamental norms of international law, "he said. stated.
"This should be a negotiating process, this is how we should resolve all arguments, and I think there is potential for this, but it doesn 't was notfully used so far. "